Kennesaw State seeks nominations for annual arts awards

Annual College of the Arts awards honor local arts supporters

Georgia (Apr 30, 2009) — Kennesaw State seeks nominations for annual arts awards

Cheryl Brown


Director of University Relations
Frances Weyand Harrison

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Kennesaw State seeks nominations for annual arts awards
Annual College of the Arts awards honor local arts supporters

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 28‚ 2009) — The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University is seeking nominations for its annual Flourish Awards honoring individuals and organizations in metro Atlanta and Northwest Georgia who support‚ promote and/or participate in the arts. Nominees are sought in four categories: arts leader‚ arts educator‚ public/community servant‚ and nonprofit arts organization or arts company.

Nominations should be sent by e−mail to or via fax to 678−797−2426 by May 29‚ no later than 5 p.m. The Flourish Awards will be presented at the College of the Arts’ annual fundraising luncheon on Sept. 1 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Nominators should include the following information in their nominations: name and contact information for the nominee and a brief justification of no more than 250 words.

To qualify for an award‚ individuals or organizations should be well known in the community‚ should be living or currently operating‚ must be from Georgia or residing or operating in Georgia‚ and should have greatly enhanced a particular arts field or the arts in general. These are the criteria for each of the four categories:
• The arts leader category is open to performers‚ artists‚ presenters‚ designers‚ directors‚ or administrators working in an arts−related field or for a program or organization that provides direct support to the arts or arts education.
• The arts educator category is open to P−12 art‚ dance‚ music or theater teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and who have created or significantly supported projects that link the arts to other areas of the curriculum and/or projects that enhance the community.
• The public/community servant category is open to elected or appointed government officials‚ civil servants‚ volunteers and philanthropists.
• The nonprofit organization/arts company category is open to an arts presenter or arts agency of any size that is well established in the community and that has a commitment to both quality arts programming and community outreach.

Nominations will be reviewed by a community committee. Award recipients will be notified in early August.

Previous Flourish Awards recipients include artist Steve Penley of Carrollton; philanthropists Bob and Elaine Feldberg of Smyrna; Georgia Shakespeare director Richard Garner; philanthropists Audrey and Jack Morgan of Tucker; Cobb County Commission Chairman Samuel Olens; and the Cobb Symphony Orchestra.

For more information‚ call 770−499−3214 or visit

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Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit